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Ireland lose to India in Argentina

Updated: Sunday, 18 Dec 2011 23:43

Cliodhna Sargent - Won her 100th cap and was wrongly penalised before the controversial fourth goal
Cliodhna Sargent - Won her 100th cap and was wrongly penalised before the controversial fourth goal

The Ireland women’s team were beaten 4-1 by India in the 3rd/4th play-off at the Four Nations tournament in Argentina.

In hot conditions, Ireland took the lead through Áine Connery, who took her chance after good play by Lizzie Colvin and Alex Speers. Ireland had another chance shortly after but Cliodhna Sargent’s shot from a penalty corner did not deliver.

India scored from the third of three penalty corners in a row in the 25th minute and the sides went in level at half-time.

Ireland’s defence was kept busy early in the second half and India finally took the lead after 58 minutes, with goalkeeper Emma Gray unable to keep them from scoring in a one-on-one.

With five minutes to go, Gray was taken off the field by coach Gene Muller as Ireland tried to equalise with 11 outfield players.

But a superb reverse stick goal put India 3-1 ahead and a very frustrating fourth goal, which came when Sargent, who was Ireland’s kicking back in the absence of the keeper, was penalised for kicking the ball.

India converted the penalty corner.

The match saw Audrey O'Flynn win her 50th Cap while Sargent reached her 100th.

Commenting after the match, Muller said: “We played well for 60 minutes, but then faded in the 35 degree heat. At 1-2 we played with a kicking back and conceded two goals.

"I have been so impressed with our performances in these matches. We have three months until the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and we will improve even more given the training ethic of the players."

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